Visitors to Caddo are often amazed by the age of the buildings downtown. A few old homes along Buffalo also prompt some nostalgic sighs. But if you read the old newspapers and look at old photos you soon realize that at least half of Caddo has burned down and been replaced over the years. There have been at least three major downtown fires, as well as numerous house fires. All of the old wooden businesses are gone, most to fire. Many of the businesses along Main Street vanished years ago. The corner of Arkansas and Buffalo is completely different from what it once was and I’m not sure what happened there. Add that to the number of homes that have decayed and the ones that have been remodeled and you get the sense that Caddo was once a very different town.
The Caddo Herald
May 4, 1923
Old Landmark Burns Last Monday Morning
Monday morning just before noon the residence of Mrs. F. R. Grayson was destroyed by fire.
The fire is thought to have originated form an oil stove, no other fired was about the place.
This is one of the oldest buildings in Caddo, having been erected some forty-odd years ago. It was the home for many years of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Grayson. At one time it was used as a school building, then a part of the hotel.
Much history is wrapped in this pile of ashes.